Ideas are a-brewing for new Sunshine Centre cafe

Tracy Roger - Deputy Manager and Jill Edge - Centre Manager look over the plans
Tracy Roger - Deputy Manager and Jill Edge - Centre Manager look over the plans

A public consultation on plans to create a community cafe at Banbury’s Sunshine children’s centre in Edmunds Road, closes tomorrow (Friday).

The proposals would see an extension built onto the centre with a cafe downstairs and a meeting room upstairs for hire by community groups.

The facility would serve as a meeting point for different sections of the Bretch Hill community, including families, youngsters and the elderly.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Sunshine Centre manager Jill Edge said: “In our consultations the idea of a community cafe used to come up quite regularly.

“It’s a great opportunity and could have a lasting impact on people’s lives, giving the community somewhere to meet and a great chance to deliver important messages in a non-dictatorial way.”

Much of the funding for the project, which is being developed with Cherwell District Council, has been secured from Section 106 money provided by developer Bloor Homes in return for planning permission for new homes on Edinburgh way.

The proposals are on display at the Woodgreen early intervention hub until tomorrow (Friday) and Mrs Edge said it’s vitally important the project has people’s approval.

“We want it to fit the agenda of the community and not anybody else’s really,” she said.

The plans include soft-seating areas, Wifi and a traditional cafe bar with high seating.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor part of the project or has information on helpful sources of funding should contact Jill Edge at the centre on 01295 276769.